Inspiring Lyrics–"Be Thou My Vision"
Puppyfoot on 10/08/2008
|This quiz is one in which you will decide which lyric fits into the part of the text I give you. I will give you a hint with each question to help you choose the correct answer. |
""Be Thou My Vision" is a Christian hymn. Its lyrics have been around for centuries. Some say at least portions of it were written by Dallan Forgaill, a Christian Irish poet who lived from 530 A.D. to 598 A.D. Although Forgaill's authorship is sometimes questioned, scholars say they know "Be Thou My Vision" was in existence long before the 8th century in Ireland. It is said to be based on an Irish poem, "Rob tu mo bhoile, a Comdi cride." Mary E. Byrne translated the text of "Be Thou My Vision" from Old Irish into English in 1905. Eleanor Hull put the text in verse form in 1912.
The tune most frequently used for this hymn is a traditional Irish song, "Slane." Some have updated a few words to reflect more modern conventions, such as changing the word "man," which meant "humankind" in the original version. However, the portions of the lyrics I am using are a ‘verbatim' version of the original format by Hull.
As you take this quiz, I hope you are struck by the beauty of the words and the powerful meaning behind them.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: I realize that many hymns have different versions of lyrics because they have been revised over the years. If you feel that any of the "wrong" answers on this quiz are actually correct and can send me information verifying this, I will gladly consider changing the answers. Thanks for your help.
"The New http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Thou_My_VisionMethodist Hymn Book illustrated", John Telford (Epworth Press, London, 1934) (as quoted in the previous Wikipedia reference)
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